The soon to be president has spoken. NATO is obsolete. Brexit, however, is the best idea ever.
President-elect Donald Trump, in remarks published on Sunday, described NATO as "obsolete" and suggested a deal with Russia that would reduce nuclear arsenals and ease sanctions on Moscow.
He also hailed Britain's exit from the EU and backed a speedy trade deal with the UK, but condemned as "catastrophic" Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open Germany's doors to a flood of refugees.
"I said a long time ago that NATO had problems," Trump told The Times of London and Bild, Germany's biggest-selling daily.
"Number one, it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago," he said.
"Number two, the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay."
"I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete. It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying Trump is right."
He added, though, "NATO is very important to me."
Trump also repeated his comments about dropping sanctions against Russia.
"But Russia's hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit," said the president-elect, who has previously expressed admiration for Russian leader Vladimir Putin.